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Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera: How Long?

on Aug 19, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera: How Long?

How long does it take to get pregnant after stopping Depo-Provera? For women who use Depo as a form of contraception, find out how long it takes to get pregnant after stopping the injections.

Depo-Provera is a popular form of birth control, given in a shot form, once every 3 months. One of the benefits of Depo-Provera is that you only get the injections four times a year, making it much easier to remember than taking a pill every day. Depo-Provera is also usually tolerated very well by patients who can not take oral birth control pills for a number of reasons. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is Depo-Provera?

Depo-Provera works by preventing the formation of uterine linings, therefore preventing regular menstruation. While this is a great thing when you are trying to prevent pregnancy, when you decide it is time to start a family, it could cause a few issues. Since Depo-Provera is administered in a shot form once every three months, it’s effects are much more long-lasting than an oral pill. The shot form takes longer to wear off and can stay inside your body for a longer amount of time.

Common side effects

Many women who take Depo-Provera for an extended amount of time stop having periods all together. Since a missed period is usually the first sign of pregnancy, this can be a real problem for women who are trying to start a family. Depo-Provera can make it very hard to calculate when you will be ovulating, and therefore harder to know when you will get pregnant. The effects of one Depo-Provera shot can last up to eight months after the shot is administered, which is much longer than what most people would think. You will not begin ovulating again until the Depo-Provera shot is fully out of your system.

How long to get pregnant?

After stopping Depo-Provera, it can take an average of four to ten months to get pregnant. It will take up to two years from the date of your last Depo-Provera shot for your chances of getting pregnant to get back to that of a woman who has never had the shot. So, basically, four months after stopping the shot, your chances will start to increase, and it can take up to two years for your chance of getting pregnant to be at the same level as it was pre-Depo. Something to remember is that the amount of time you have been taking the Depo Provera shot does not affect how long it will take you to get pregnant after going off of the shot. If you only have taken one shot, the effects can last as long as someone who has taken the shot for years.

The bottom line

Usually Depo-Provera is a better choice for women who do not wish to become pregnant anytime soon. If you think that you might want to become pregnant soon, the contraceptive pill might be a better choice for you. If you know that you do not want to become pregnant for several years, Depo-Provera is a good choice. Just remember that getting pregnant after going off of the Depo-Provera shot may require some extra patience, since it might take longer than expected.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • Sonya

    Did you have a healthy full term pregnancy? I was on the depo shot for 3 years and got pregnant 3 months later! But in the end lost the baby and the doctors don’t know why. They said everything looks good, my ovaries are good. Do you think it could be because of the depo shot?

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  • Sonya

    I was on the depo shot for 3 years and decided to not take it any more In December 2013 due to the stories of how bad it can be for your body and especially if you want kids in the near future. So I got my first actual period in February after not having it basically the whole time on the shot. And come to find out I got pregnant at the end of February but miscarried my Angel April 18th 2014. It was a very hard time for me and my spouse. The midwives said that everything looked fine, my ovaries and uterus are perfect and that there’s just no way to tell what could have been the problem. But basically I was just wondering if the shot could of been a part of this whole thing and how long is a safe time to wait to try again and have a healthy full term pregnancy?
    This pregnancy was a big surprise because i was taking the pills a month after I got off the shot but just the thought of us being parents was an amazing feeling and now we would like to actually make that a reality! Feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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  • indi

    So i missed my 4th shot on the 16th of this month could i get pregnant immediately

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  • nikki

    Will getting on the pill after I stop Depo take longer to start ovulation again. A month before my next shot I started bleeding I was still bleeding at my appointment so I was given 7 days of estrogen to stop the bleeding and it worked temporally. I thought about just letting my body reset itself naturally and use condoms as birth control so I have not started taking the pills and the bleeding had come back. .. Its reminiscent of the bleeding after child birth meaning I’ve been bleeding for almost 2 months now. What’s the best way to get my body back properly functioning.

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  • neasha

    is there anything I can take or get over the counter to help me faster to get pregnant

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  • kiya

    I stopped taking the shot 3 months ago and now im spotting does that mean I should start trying to get pregnant?.or does.spotting not count as ovulation?

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  • DiamondBaby

    I have been on the depo shot abt a year nd a half now, get my periods every 3 months when the shot wears off. Now my question is if I should stay on the shot for at least 3-4 more years can I get pregnant after comin off it because I am starting nursing school September for 4years so pregnancy is not an option, have you ever had any case of a woman not being able to get pregnant because of the shot

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  • Jen

    Forgive me for repeating the same question. But let’s say the last shot was given in early January. The article states four month after stopping Depo is when your chances of conceiving increase. Does that mean in early May is when conception could possibly occur, or considering the next shot would have been early, April, four months from the missed shot… so Early August?

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  • babyblue

    I really want to know I was on the depo provera for 9 months then went off.10 days lated planned to conceive even ovulated since I now have a cyist too.doctor preg test came back with a very faint line????? please…. help!!!! could I be pregnant even if I have read that you its unlikely to fall preg so quick after leaving depo.. please beg u nedd help…goin crazy

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  • teentweet12

    I have been on depo for 5 years and just recieved my last shot December 2013 and started up my period 4 months ago march 2014 they have been somewhat normal but now it is June 2014 and my period is 6 days late should I be concerned or is it possible that it is just changing cycle? What is the likely hood of me being pregnant?

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  • Trice

    I had been on the shot for about 5-6years(maybe longer). I been off for about 2 1/2 years now. I want to start having kids. How long does the depo vera stay in my system or how long will it take for me to start having kids? I never been pregnant before either.

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  • Sarah

    I had my last shot in September 2013 and missed the one I was supposed to take in Dec because my husband and I want to conceive. My period finally came back after about 4-5 months but I’ve been bleeding for like 2 months now. It’s awful.

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  • Sarah

    I took my last shot in September of 2013. I’ve been bleeding (more than spotting but less than a full on period) for about 2 months now. Has anyone else experienced this? When will it stop?!

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  • Krittle

    Hi, I was meant to get the depo injection at the end of April but decided not to, since then my partner and I have had intercourse just recently and I have noticed increased discharge, sore breasts, and slight nausea. I am wondering if it is possible to get pregnant so quickly after going off the injection?

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  • Kate Combs

    I was on the depo shot for 4 years before deciding to go off of it. It has been a year since my last shot. About two days ago i started having mild cramping , yesterday the cramping started to get worse and kept me up all night last night. Now i am having very painful cramping that seems to happen every 5 to 10 minutes. When this happens the pain shoots down my vaginal area and seems to spread from my vaginal area to my lower back and butt. I also started bleeding tbis morning and have noticed pieces of tissue or blood clots in the toilet. Am i possibly having a miscarriage?

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  • Tia

    I’ve got my periods back the first month I stopped taking depo shots which I have taken for 3 years, does this mean I can convince easily? My cycle is 27 days…

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  • Victoria

    Hi :) I have a question for my sister… She got her first dose of the shot the beginning of July 2014 & her dr told her to wait 4 weeks because she could possibly get pregnant. She didn’t listen & has had sex several times this month & last month & hasn’t used any protection. She’s now complaining that she feels sick & has been throwing up & can’t keep anything down. Could she have a higher chance of being pregnant & if so would the test be accurate since there in one dose of the shot in her body? Thanks -Victoria

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